Three principles have made Nailagio's owner and nail technician Judy Tran popular with celebrities such as Jessica Simpson, Heather Locklear, and Jada Pinkett Smith. For more than 25 years, the beauty veteran has built her nail career on these basics: precisely prepare the nail bed, use uncompromising technical expertise, and only work with the finest-quality products.
At her highly sanitized facility, Judy and a team of nail technicians use more than 10 brands, including OPI, Essie, Poshe, and Young Nails, to fortify nails with acrylic or fiberglass covers, Shellac or gel polish, and French tips. Bold clients can take advantage of the nail team's nail-art capabilities, which include painting nails with everything from animal prints and abstract designs to festive American flags and replicas of the Declaration of Independence.
At Form Academy, professionals from the salon, spa, and cosmetology industries train the next wave of stylists and aestheticians. Each student receives supervised, hands-on training in services such as balayage, razor cuts, facials, and gel mani-pedis. Those interested in natural products can also take classes on holistic beauty. Form Academy rewards guests who visit its educational salon with rates up to 75% lower and high-fives up to 75% more frequent than they'll find at other area studios. Located in Echo Park, the academy's 10,000-square-foot converted 1940s warehouse is also available to rent as an event space or paper-airplane testing facility.
The beauty specialists at Ten One Nail Spa know that glamour is a pleasure at any age. In this spirit, they provide a kids' menu for mini fashionistas that includes mani-pedis, polish changes, and french manicures. They provide the same services for adults, supersizing sessions with deluxe enhancements such as hot-towel wraps, salt scrubs, and hand and foot massages that alleviate pain. The hands-on crew also softens skin with waxing sessions and moisturizing care for clients who?ve spent too much time in cold climates or the warm, balmy reaches of offshore oil rigs.
Sonja Sadi, a certified and licensed nail technician, draws on more than 22 years of experience when shaping, filing, and polishing nails using products from Zoya, Qtica, Minx, and CND Shellac. When scheduling appointments, clients can opt to relax at her station in Refuge Salon and Spa, covering nails with intricate designs and patterns from Minx, including stripes and animal prints.
While clients sink into cushy cream-hued pedicure chairs or close their eyes for a facial, beauticians melt away their worldly troubles with organic lotions, brand-name products, and top-notch sanitation. Plush footstools support drowsy arches after they emerge from warm, soothing baths, and free mimosas flow on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to take the edge off of waxing services and the dry skin off of throats.